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Our top scientific institutions, including the U.S. military, NASA, and NOAA all say pollution is causing our planet to get warmer. Still, false information designed to discredit climate science is actively promoted by organizations with ties to coal and oil. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation about the climate. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for New York in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. Find your representatives and their positions on climate by using the form below.

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United States Senate, NY Representatives

Senator Chuck Schumer represents NY with a stance favoring efforts to protect the environment and address climate change. Kirsten Gillibrand is New York's other senator. She also favors efforts on climate change.
Climate change is real. Sea levels are rising, and I've seen firsthand how violent weather has devastated communities in New York. - Kirsten Gillibrand
House of Representatives, New York

District 1: Lee Zeldin represents district 1 and in the past has questioned climate change. He has since acknowledged climate change and indicated he is interested in working towards solutions. He joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, along with some other representative who have in the past questioned climate science. It remains to be seen, as far as wee can tell, if Lee Zeldin will support any actual progress to address the causes of climate change.
District 2: Andrew Garbarino represents district 2. Andrew Garbarino has said he is an advocate for the environment. At least one pro-climate environmental group has claimed otherwise and pointed to his record to suggest he is not for addressing climate change. Previously, this district was represented by Peter King. Peter King had said climate change was "more a religion than a science" and had suggested that people need to focus on the positive aspects of climate change.
District 3: Tom Suozzi won the seat in 2016 with fighting climate change listed on his agenda.
District 4: Kathleen Rice is the incumbent in New York's district 4. She has the support of conservation groups and backs efforts to combat climate change in Congress.
District 5: Gregory Meeks represents district 5 - he has voted to support climate change efforts in Congress.
We have lost too much time under the Trump administration in the fight against climate change. This five year anniversary of the the #ParisAgreement marks a moment of opportunity to re-honor that commitment and once again lead as a global climate champion. - Gregory Meeks, 2020, Twitter
District 6: Grace Meng represents district 6 with a view that favors efforts to combat climate change.
Recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy have highlighted how vulnerable our coastline is to climate change. The only response to this crisis is to proactively reduce carbon emissions and invest in programs that promote energy efficiency. - Grace Meng Website
District 7: Nydia Velazquez represents this heavily Democratic district that includes parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Nydia Velazquez supports efforts to fight climate change in Congress and has the support of conservation groups due to her positive stance on environmental issues.
District 8: Hakeem Jeffries represents district 8, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, with views favoring efforts to fight climate change.
"The earth is round, climate change is real" - Hakeem Jeffries on Twitter
District 9: Yvette D. Clarke represents district 9 in Brooklyn. She's a supporter of efforts on climate change.
"Pollution from power plants, particularly plants that burn coal, has terrible consequences for our health, contributing to asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and resulting in global climate change that has already increased the severity of storms and threatens to displace many people around the world as temperatures increase and the level of the ocean rises. Existing regulations under the Clean Air Act have – despite false claims from fossil fuel producers – dramatically improved the air quality we enjoy and have expanded our economy. Many older American remember a time when smog alerts were a regular occurrence in our cities – a problem with which young Americans are entirely (and fortunately) unfamiliar. Now, we have the opportunity, with the Clean Power Plan developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, to continue that effort to protect the health of Americans, create jobs, and reduce our contributions to global climate change." - Yvette D. Clarke Statement in Support of Clean Power Plan Legislation
District 10: Jerry Nadler represents district 10 with strong support of efforts to battle climate change in Congress.
District 11: Max Rose won this seat in 2018, which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, defeating Dan Donovan. Dan Donavan had been against efforts in congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Max Rose accepts the conclusions of climate scientists and favors efforts to fight climate change.
"To anyone who denies the reality of climate change, Max urges them to come and visit Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, where you can still see some of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath." - Max Rose official website, New York District 11
District 12: Carolyn Maloney represents district 12 in New York City with a view that favors efforts to fight climate change. Carolyn Maloney has challenged Republicans for blocking progress on climate change by pointing out that they are ignoring the long term costs that will be incurred because of its effects.
District 13: Adriano Espaillat won this seat in part by standing with efforts towards energy efficiency and fighting climate change
This weekend in Paris, the world took a step forward together to combat climate change. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions pose a serious risk to our planet, and while we have worked In New York to strengthen our infrastructure, protect our coastlines, and reduce emissions, global action is key to preventing the worst effects of climate change. I want to commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the 195 nations who are party to this monumental agreement. - Adriano Espaillat
District 14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents district 14, which includes the eastern Bronx and parts of New York City. She has strong views favoring efforts to fight climate change.
District 15: Representative Ritchie Torres represents this Democratic district in The Bronx. He recognizes climate science as real and is for efforts to address the issue.
District 16: Jamaal Bowman represents district 16. He is an active supporter of efforts to fight climate change.
I have been fighting with the front lines of the climate justice movement for over 15 years and I’m running for Congress because it’s time to fight even harder. We are truly on the edge of irreversible climate tipping points and we need immediate and bold transition off of fossil fuels now, as well as massive ecological drawdown efforts. We must fight for 100% renewable energy and not accept energy plans that rely on pollution that largely lands in communities of color (e.g. biomass, incinerators, nuclear). We must confront the fossil fuel industry for knowingly destabilizing the climate and hold them liable and accountable -- not collaborate on their plans for carbon capture technology that will allow the FF industry to continue to expand. - Dr. Jamaal Bowman, Representative for New York District 16
District 17: Mondaire Jones represents district 17. The LCV has said Mondaire Jones is committed to action on climate change.
District 18: Sean Patrick Maloney represents district 18. He supports efforts to address climate change. He has a favorable rating among conservation groups for supporting legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 19: Antonio Delgado defeated John Faso, a Republican who took meager action on climate. Antonio Delgado has indicated he favors action on solving climate change.
District 20: Paul Tonko represents district 20 with views favoring alternative energy and reducing carbon emissions. He co-chairs the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, supported Obama's efforts on climate change, and has called for Congress to back further legislation to reduce the pollution that is causing global warming.
District 21: Elise Stefanik, representative for NY district 1, has joined with the Republicans who accept that climate change is real and say they are for protecting the environment. In the past, she had voted against measures proposed to regulate the greenhouse gas emission that cause climate change. Some environmental groups have suggested Elise Stefanik has moved to "the middle" on climate change, and could do more to help address the problem.
"All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up in partisan politics. Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come, as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future,” said Congressman Gibson. “For that reason, I believe the most important first step forward is recognizing that this is also a fundamentally conservative issue, and finding common ground on how to address it." - Elise Stefanik
We won't get a 'second try' if we destroy our environment. Outside interests must never dictate the purity of our air, water, and land." – Mike Derrick, 2016 Candidate, District 21
District 22: Claudia Tenney held this seat until 2018 as a Republican. She was not supportive of efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through regulation. She criticized former Rep. Richard Hanna for not voting along party lines to kill part of the Clean Power Plan advanced by Obama. Anthony Brindisi defeated her in 2018, and now holds the seat with views that favor taking action on climate change.
"Rep. Hanna has voted to advance Obama's job killing agenda by supporting these onerous regulations that will stifle businesses and dramatically drive up the cost of energy." - Claudia Tenney on Hanna's support for clean power
District 23: Tom Reed represents district 23. He has signed on as a Republican acknowledging that climate change is real and proposing progress in the form of innovation. While supporting some solutions, Tom Reed has suggested he is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and has blocked efforts in congress to regulate the pollution that is causing climate change.
Our climate is changing – there is no denying this. We have to unleash the greatest asset we have available to prevent this pending crisis – the power of American ingenuity and innovation. - Tom Reed
District 24: John Katko, representative for district 24, has signed on to the Republican bill acknowledging climate change is real. He also says he supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. However, his votes have not always been consistent with these statements, and he has in the past opposed legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress. His voting record is mixed, with some support for pro-environment proposals.
District 25: Joseph Morelle represents district 25 with a favorable stance on environment issues.
District 26: Brian Higgins represents district 26 by standing up to recent efforts to reduce the EPA's ability to fight climate change. He has favorable views on protecting our environmental resources.
District 27: Republican Christopher Jacobs is the representative in district 27. We have not found a statement that indicates his views on climate.

Disclaimer: The statements and comments about representatives positions are the opinion of the writer. We try to include accurate information and base the representative and candidate positions on a variety of reliable sources. Sources include reputable reporting on candidates' past statements, campaign websites, press coverage of campaigns and representatives, votes in Congress on issues, and party affiliation. If you feel we are missing something, let us know. Please contact us to suggest a correction or request an update. Individual representatives and districts are updated periodically, but may at times become outdated. These statements are opinions related to how the U.S. Congress is responding to a national security and public health issue, but should be treated as opinions.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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